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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ fans are emotional wrecks after hearing an instantly iconic line from the finale

Anakin briefly breaks through Vader in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' finale.

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We already knew that the final battle in Obi-Wan Kenobi between the titular Jedi Master and his former Padawan would be grand, bone-chilling, and utterly epic to experience, but no one was expecting the series to dazzle their minds and break their hearts at the same time.

As it happened, Obi-Wan and Vader fought with the ferocity that comes with a decade of held-up emotions. After coming to terms with what he had to do again, Ben masterfully danced around his opponent’s aggressive fighting style and managed to land a couple of fatal hits. The last one took off a chunk of Vader’s helmet, exposing Anakin’s burned face to Obi-Wan for the first time in 10 years.

Obi-Wan immediately withdraws, apologizing to Anakin and holding back tears. Anakin, on the other hand, manages to break through the villainous apparatus of Vader for a brief while, telling his old master that Anakin’s fall to the dark side wasn’t his fault. “I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did.”

Was it him just stating a fact and taking responsibility for his actions? Was it Anakin sparing Obi-Wan from a lifetime of guilt in those few moments of lucidity? Whatever it was, the interaction has left Star Wars fans with a sense of emotional anguish that they hadn’t felt in a long while.

Maybe we love Obi-Wan too much as a character, but him breaking down again was really difficult to watch for a lot of people.

There may be no recovering from this devastating scene.

“Then my friend is truly dead,” says Obi-Wan, truly burying Anakin inside his mind. [Tries to not sob uncontrollably.]

As if that final fight scene in Revenge of the Sith wasn’t heartbreaking enough, we’ll now have the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale to haunt us as well.

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Jonathan Wright

Jonathan is a religious consumer of movies, TV shows, video games, and speculative fiction. And when he isn't doing that, he likes to write about them. He can get particularly worked up when talking about 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'A Song of Ice and Fire' or any work of high fantasy, come to think of it.